NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Ottawa
(Tuesday, January 6th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Tampa Bay 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the Ottawa Senators remained red-hot with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Corel Centre.
Daniel Alfredsson and Todd White each posted a goal and an assist as Ottawa remained undefeated in its last 10 games (8-0-2), including wins in each of its last five. The Senators are also unbeaten in their last eight at home (7-0-1).
Zdeno Chara dished out a pair of assists and Martin Prusek stopped 27 shots, as the Senators improved to 11-1 against Southeast Division opponents this season. Prusek was starting in place of Patrick Lalime, who was slated to start before being scratched with back spasms.
Martin St. Louis and Nolan Pratt scored for the Lightning, who have won just once in their last five games (1-3-1). Nikolai Khabibulin had a tough night in net for Tampa Bay, denying just 22-of-27 shots he faced.
The Senators scored three times in the second period to take control of the contest. With the score tied at 1-1, Hossa scored his first goal at 5:33 of the middle period to put Ottawa ahead. Just over two minutes later, Jason Spezza grabbed up the puck in the corner and darted toward the Lightning net. Despite having limited space to shoot at, he lifted the puck over the glove of Khabibulin with 12:16 left in the period, making it a 3-1 game.
Pratt drew Tampa Bay within one goal when he scored just after the midway point of the stanza. But the Senators and White answered with a goal late in the period to make it a two-goal game once again. White re-directed Chara's point shot between the pads of Khabibulin with just 2:35 remaining in the second period, staking the Senators to a 4-2 lead.
Hossa added his second of the contest when he finished a 2-on-1 opportunity late in the third period. Bryan Smolinski carried the puck into the Tampa Bay zone and fed a nice pass over to a streaking Hossa in the slot. Hossa made no mistake about it, burying the disc in the back of the net for his 18th goal of the season.
The two teams traded goals in the opening period, with Alfredsson scoring first on a point shot just over seven minutes into the contest. St. Louis then answered for the Lightning with 6:56 remaining in the stanza, finishing the play after some great tic-tac-toe passing. Vincent Lecavalier received the puck to Prusek's left and unselfishly fed a quick pass to an open St. Louis in front. St. Louis easily slammed the puck home for his 12th goal of the season.
Spezza has three goals and two assists in three games versus Tampa Bay this season...Ottawa has not allowed more than three goals in any of its last 20 games...Alfredsson now has five points in his last three games...Tampa Bay fell to 1-5-1 in its last seven road tilts...The Lightning have dropped 12 of their last 13 games at the Corel Centre...Pratt scored his first goal in 63 games...Tampa's Cory Sarich played in his 200th game with the team.
01/06 22:58:12 ET